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NL-Frank



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DIY Stageprompter (No programming, No Electronics, No Woodwork)
      #1082969 - 12/01/14 02:55 PM
Hi Everyone,

For those having trouble remembering lyrics (like I do) and have restricted free time available, I have the following solution (no electronics, no woodwork, no programming..!)

Ingredients:
- Housing of a Behringer VP1220F floormonitor
- Tronsmart MK 808 II Android TV stick
- Flymouse TSM01 (to interact with the stick, not on stage but during configuration etc.)
- Scythe USB footswitch (2 switches)
- Small USB hub (Tronsmart has one USB you need 2, one for Flymouse RF and one for USB switch).
- LED Monitor (with HDMI)

Use EBookDroid app to display a .pdf file, generated from word for example (anything is possible), rotate it up front (tools enough on the Internet) to get in portrait. Set Ebookdroid to night-mode to get white text and black background. Set Ebookdroid to go backward on "1" (standard code from USB switch) and forward "2" (right footswitch). There is no Android driver available, but this way you don't need it. Install an autostart app to launch Ebookdroid and set Ebookdroid to automatically load your lyrics pdf file.

That's it for the configuration. You can use Dropbox for example to get the lyrics file to the TV stick. If you plug the mains it boots in about 20 secs and shows your lyrics! Remember no harddisk! Just solid state and very robust technology.

I have modified the side interface of the VP1220 to allow for a mains chord and a USB plug (for the footswich). Make sure that the TV-stick is mounted in such a way that the passive air cooling is still possible. The LCD monitor is fixed with Hook and Loop tape (it is not very heavy). I had to remove a small part of the wood, to have it fit (see pictures). You can still use the original protection of the VP1220 for transport or protection on stage when not in use.

I think it looks very professional and for a lot less that the comercially available prompters. There are a lot of other possibilities, remember it can show HD video, has wifi and many available apps!

Maybe it will inspire others as well, I'm looking forward to see other applications!

Links to pictures:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/27613462/Stageprompter/Stageprompter%2 0front.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/27613462/Stageprompter/Stageprompter%2 0internally.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/27613462/Stageprompter/Stageprompter%2 0overview.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/27613462/Stageprompter/Stageprompter%2 0side.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/27613462/Stageprompter/Stageprompter%2 0LCD%20protection.jpg

Let me know if you have any questions.

Regards Frank.

Edited by NL-Frank (12/01/14 03:05 PM)


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Re: DIY Stageprompter (No programming, No Electronics, No Woodwork) new [Re: NL-Frank]
      #1082984 - 12/01/14 05:20 PM
Hi Frank, and welcome to the forums.

Quote NL-Frank:

no electronics, no woodwork, no programming..!




That takes all the fun out of things !!

Andy

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Re: DIY Stageprompter (No programming, No Electronics, No Woodwork) new [Re: NL-Frank]
      #1083007 - 12/01/14 08:37 PM
Brilliant. It does look very professional.
I've seen Elton John using something like this which is operated by off-stage crew I assume, which enables a couple of lines to be displayed at a time (large font). I use a piano on stage (with my own hair) and may have a go at this BUT.......
Is the writing big enough to be seen from a couple of metres away?
Can the unit be used in landscape mode?

Thanks


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Re: DIY Stageprompter (No programming, No Electronics, No Woodwork) new [Re: zenguitar]
      #1083012 - 12/01/14 09:42 PM
Quote zenguitar:

Hi Frank, and welcome to the forums.

Quote NL-Frank:

no electronics, no woodwork, no programming..!




That takes all the fun out of things !!

Andy



{snigger}

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Re: DIY Stageprompter (No programming, No Electronics, No Woodwork) new [Re: One Horse Town]
      #1083015 - 12/01/14 09:59 PM
Quote One Horse Town:

Brilliant. It does look very professional.
I've seen Elton John using something like this which is operated by off-stage crew I assume, which enables a couple of lines to be displayed at a time (large font). I use a piano on stage (with my own hair) and may have a go at this BUT.......
Is the writing big enough to be seen from a couple of metres away?
Can the unit be used in landscape mode?

Thanks



i've done this sort of thing by just placing a standard monitor (without stand) on the music rest for my organ (Yamaha HS8) might be an option for piano. Helps to get a monitor with bottom mounted connectors.
As for using the diy system horizontally, if the casing will support it then it is actually a better option as it is a better viewing angle for the display.


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NL-Frank



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Re: DIY Stageprompter (No programming, No Electronics, No Woodwork) new [Re: One Horse Town]
      #1083037 - 13/01/14 08:29 AM
Quote One Horse Town:

Brilliant. It does look very professional.
I've seen Elton John using something like this which is operated by off-stage crew I assume, which enables a couple of lines to be displayed at a time (large font). I use a piano on stage (with my own hair) and may have a go at this BUT.......
Is the writing big enough to be seen from a couple of metres away?
Can the unit be used in landscape mode?

Thanks




You can have any size you want, as long as you can make a .pdf file of it. Even one symbol on the 22" screen is possible:-)

Landscape/ protrait both possible, you rotate the .pdf yes/no.

regards, Frank


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NL-Frank



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Re: DIY Stageprompter (No programming, No Electronics, No Woodwork) new [Re: zenguitar]
      #1083038 - 13/01/14 08:30 AM
Quote zenguitar:

Hi Frank, and welcome to the forums.

Quote NL-Frank:

no electronics, no woodwork, no programming..!




That takes all the fun out of things !!

Andy




Thanks for the welcome! I have learned so much from this forum I'm happy I can give something to the forum.

I fully agree on the fun-part! I used to built a lot of stuff, now it is the (non) availability of enough spare-time

Regards, Frank


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Re: DIY Stageprompter (No programming, No Electronics, No Woodwork) new [Re: NL-Frank]
      #1083180 - 13/01/14 06:35 PM
What is the 'spare time' you speak of? Is it something I can buy from Amazon?

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